The Miniature Schnauzer is an alert, friendly, and obedient breed. Ranked the 17th most popular breed in the United States, Mini Schnauzers make wonderful family animals as well as companion animals. They are vocal dogs prone to bark in order to alert their loved ones . These dogs are active and do require daily exercise as part of their normal routine.
Top 10 Facts:
1. The Miniature Schnauzer is the most recent addition to the Schnauzer family of dogs. The Giant Schnauzer was the first in the 16th and 17th cenutries, then came the Standard Schnauzer, and most recently the Mini Schnauzer in the late 1880’s!
2. This breed comes in a variety of colors including solid black, solid white, salt & pepper, and black & silver.
3. Miniature Schnauzers also have long lifespans, living up to an average age of 14 years.
4. Despite their shaggy coat, this breed hardly ever sheds!
5. In Germany where the Schnauzer originated, the Miniature Schnauzer is known as the Zwergschnauzer, which literally translates to “Dwarf Schnauzer.”
6. The Miniature Schnauzer was recognized by the American Kennel Club as an official breed in 1933.
7. One of the main characteristics of the Mini Schnauzer is the long scruffy hair on his snout. He’s even named for it! Schnauzer is the German word for “snout.”
8. The Schnauzer is prone to a genetic skin disorder called Schnauzer Comedo Syndrome. To combat this it is recommended that you give your Schnauzer E vitamins, and it is said that the condition is better in the summer when there is more sunlight.
9. In the United States the Miniature Schnauzer is classified as a terrier, but in the United Kingdom the breed is classified surprisingly in the utility group!
10.The Miniature Schnauzer’s tail is traditionally docked at birth. Sometimes breeders will crop their ears as well.